Newport News Safety Officer Promotes Mental Health Awareness, Awarded Virginia Firefighter of the Year

– Newport News Fire Department Safety Officer Lt. Sidney Lucus was named Virginia's Firefighter of the Year for a new mental health peer support program he organized and help launch for the city inside station #1 downtown. READ


Everyone Goes Home® Advocate Update

– In November 2016, the management team from the Everyone Goes Home® Advocate program hosted a strategic planning meeting with the Regional Advocates. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Advocate activities and develop a strategic plan specific for the Advocate program and it’s activities.  READ


The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award to Be Presented to the International Fire Service Training Association

– The award will be presented at the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 6, 2017, in Washington, DC.  READ


Chief James Strain

Giving Courage – A Conversation with Chief James Strain

– Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the Foundation will feature additional footage to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies. READ


Reps. Pascrell, Collins Unveil Legislation to Establish a National Firefighter Cancer Registry

– The bill would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with this deadly disease. The creation of this registry would enable researchers to study the relationship between firefighters' exposure to harmful fumes and toxins and the increased risk for several major cancers. In the future, this information could also allow for better protective equipment and prevention techniques to be developed. READ


Prevent firefighter suicides

ACT Now to prevent firefighter suicides

– The risk of firefighter suicide is a growing concern within the fire service. More research has become a priority to better understand the issue and assist in developing interventions. A recent study of 893 firefighters by Florida State University and published in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research shows a strong relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and suicidal thoughts and attempts among firefighters.  READ


Do you recognize the stressors and symptoms that can lead to firefighter suicide?

– Within the past decade, there has been an increased awareness that the stressors of fighting fires and responding to stressful incidents are taking a significant toll on the behavioral health of firefighters. A recent study of 893 firefighters by Florida State University published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research shows a strong relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and suicidal thoughts and attempts among firefighters. READ


technology

Can evolving technology improve safety and service?

– Technological advances now allow the fire service access to data to improve firefighter safety and delivery of service. READ


Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo

Giving Courage – A Conversation with Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo (Ret.)

– Earlier in 2016, twelve chiefs representing every type of department shared the grim realities of coping with a line-of-duty death in the documentary Giving Courage: LODD Chiefs Speak. In 2017, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will feature additional footage from the documentary to help other fire chiefs and leaders to prevent future tragedies. » Powerful words about painful events
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Call for Nominations: Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award

– The Sarbanes Award recognizes organizations for outstanding leadership in advancing firefighter health and safety. READ